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04-08-2006
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^ Nowadays fabrics are made up of all kinds of materials. Generally speaking, natural fibers are the easiest to dye, along with manmade fibers made from "natural" sources. Synthetics are often very hard or even impossible to dye.

And remember that 100% anything might be sown with polyester thread which won't respond well to the dye...

If the chiffon is silk it should be possible to dye it, but as always with colours they mix with each other. You might have to bleach it first if you want a really cold, blueish colour.

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thanks tott , i'll post pictures of it, hopefully it'll be a success....

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Hi guys,
I have some bright-coloured things here... I'd like to make them a lighter/dull shade. Do you think it's possible using just bleach? I have a fear the colour might even change

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06-08-2006
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so i think i should get black dye for my jeans... anyone got tips on how to get the black colour to have that faded look? should i just not leave them in the dye as long as suggested?

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07-08-2006
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okay - how bout this - dyed jeans and now they are too black... how can i fade them quickly? it must be possible coz pre-faded jeans are available in stores.......... right?

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Has anyone tried to dye anything wool? I have a wool felt tunic with raw edges (it basically looks like a sack) in a most unflattering shade of light beige. I'd like for it to be deep purple or royal blue. I wouldn't mind if it shrank a little. But only a little.

Also, this is an incredibly dumb question, but here goes: Is there any danger of the dye running off if you get rained on while wearing the dyed item? I'm having flashbacks to middle school when kids used to dye their hair purple and pink with Kool-Aid or Jell-O powder. First time they got rained on, their hair color would wash out.

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not getting many replies here

hboogie you must use a good quality dye if you don't want it to wash out. a good dye will bind with the fabric. usually you have to heat set it. acid dyes work with wool (silk too)

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15-08-2006
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wob- did you wash them...that usually rinses out a lot of the extra dye..

hboogie...
i have found it hard to get really vibrant colours in general...
and the colours that i find work best have been black and blue...
purple was nice too...but not really deep purple...
more a vibrant purple....

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i have had no such issues with dye running off..
as gius says- you either have to heat set it after/during the dying process...plus the dyes usually have some agent in them to set the colour...

it's not like the hair dye......
i've had personal experience with that myself...
...everything turned blue except my hair!!!...

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07-09-2006
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Here is a little info on what fabrics to dye, etc....
http://www.ritdye.com/a.asp

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08-09-2006
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A good resource
I use this site a lot as a resource for my dye projects

http://www.dharmatrading.com/

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01-12-2006
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i dyed another batch--used black again...

the best thing that came out of it was a kaffiyeh scarf---

originally white and red---
now dark grey and burgundy...
looks really good and now i don't look like a victim if i wear mine cause it's unique...:p

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Bah. My jean-dying experiment didn't go too well. I should have bleached them first, but didn't think of it. They were a light blue, and I dyed them with black. They turned a really dark indigo. Plus they have gold stitching, which I really just don't like.

I've been too lazy to try and wash them again, the dye just never seemed to come out when I did.

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I washed some items black.. and the washing maschine seems to have some dye in it now.. I'm scared of doing my whites in case they turn out grey..

Has this happen to anyone? what do you do?

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^you whites will probably turn grey if the dye is really visible and dark and if you wash with warm water. i suppose you should just hand wash the inside or unless your washing machine have features that washes it self clean.
usually the inside should be clean =T

i dyed my jeans black but it's starting to fade, so i used spray paint on it. is it toxic to wear spray painted clothing? im scared that bad chemicals will sink into my body through my pores =T

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I want to dye a few pieces of my clothes so badly =T, but how messy is the process? I am scared that my dad will yell at me for a week ....

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